I’m one of those people who hold stock in the idea of synchronicity. Events and circumstances that may be seen by others as mere coincidence I often see as being either related to each other or of significance to each other – most often both.
This thought occurred to me when I sat down to write this post and considered the three main ideas I wanted to cover:
Notice anything? Pretty obvious that they all start with “P”. Now, just because three words start with the same letter doesn’t mean they’re related – but by the time you finish this post I’m going to bet that you’ll agree with me that they these particular three words fit the synchronicity bill.
My last post talked about how those of us bootstrapping small (tiny for now) businesses have so many things to do that we often find ourselves in an “either/or” situation.
In particular, my last post dealt with the fact that most bootstrappers are looking to our businesses to make our living. In order to do that successfully — and this holds true for those of us in the startup phase as well as those of us who’ve been at it for awhile — you need to have a written strategic plan AND you need to be networking and prospecting for customers and clients (not to mention providing services and/or products).
Either I do this, or I do that – I can only do one thing at a time — What do I do?
Here’s where the “Three P’s” come in.
“Either/Or” thinking, in my opinion, is a form of rationalization used by perfectionists. And, to varying degrees, we’re ALL perfectionists. The real truth is that we CAN get done what needs to be done – just not perfectly.
“If you’re not going to take the time to do it right, don’t do it at all” DOES NOT mean “If you’re not going to take the time to do it perfectly, don’t do it at all.”
In other words, perfectionism leads to procrastination. In this case, you might put off going through the process of creating a written strategic plan because you can’t “do it right” when you’re running around drumming up business – or vice versa. You find yourself running in circles putting the one off while you do the other – until things get to the point where you have to stop doing that one thing because, if you don’t, it means you can’t continue doing the other.
WHEW!! Just writing that down made me dizzy – no wonder we get so stressed actually trying to conduct business like that!
But we’ve got one more “P” left in our pod: “Power”. Last post I referred to the fact that I have a secret weapon. I do. It is called “The Power of Good Enough”.
What can the Power of Good Enough do for you?
THE POWER OF GOOD ENOUGH GETS THINGS DONE.
But let’s be clear here: When I say “good enough” I don’t mean sloppy. I don’t mean unprofessional. I mean “good enough to get it done.”
What I mean is: “So much better than not at all.”